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Two sexual assaults reported The Prince George RCMP are warning the public following two similar sexually motivated attacks over the past week. On Friday December 13 just before 6 p.m., a man wearing a black ski mask attacked a 15-year-old girl at the top of the stairs off Massey Drive near Prince George Secondary School. The victim managed to scream and in doing so scared off the suspect. The suspect in is described as: Male, approximately 168 cm (5’6”), average or thin build. He was wearing a black jacket, black gloves and black ski mask On Monday December 16, the Prince George RCMP received a report that a 17-year-old girl was sexually assaulted as she was walking in the city last week. At approximately 4 p.m. on Thursday December 12, a man approached the victim from behind as she was walking along the golf course side of Westwood Drive between Massey Drive and Ferry Avenue. The suspect inappropriately touched the female and kept on walking. The suspect in this investigation is described as: Male, approximately 19 years old, fair skin, blue eyes. He was wearing a black “puffy” jacket and a mask. Although investigators have not been able to link the two incidents, there is a chance that the same person could be responsible for both attacks.

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CUPE puts new offer on table Bill Phillips editor@pgfreepress.com After weeks of both sides trying to win in the court of public opinion, both the city and CUPE are now keeping a tight lid on negotiations. Following a one-day strike on Saturday that affected mostly recreational facilities, CUPE put forward an offer to the city on Wednesday. Neither side is discussing what’s in the offer. “We’re not going to discuss that,” said David Scott, staff representative for both local 1048 and 399. “We certainly did receive that and we have studied the offer carefully,” said Bill Gaal, operations superintendent for the city. “We have responded back and asked them to resume bargaining … The proper place for negotiations is at the table.” That has apparently happened. As for the one-day strike on Saturday, Gaal said it wasn’t overly disrup-

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tive to city services. “it was disruptive to residents, but our users knew and the facilities were shut down,” Gaal said. “We had an essential services order in place so snow removal continued on.” From the union perspective, the one-day strike was successful. “I think that the employer knows that we are serious,” said Scott, adding that more job action could occur but wouldn’t elaborate on when that might be. “At this point we’re not willing to discuss future job action,” he said. “The committee is still considering many different ways to further take job action against this employer to understand that we’re serious but we’re not willing to release any details at this point.” However, due to the holidays, if the city does respond with an offer, Scott said he likely wouldn’t be able to present it to the membership until the New Year.

Operation Red Nose back on the roads tonight It’s the last weekend for Operation rd Nose, but not the last two days. The free, seasonal service to get you and your vehicle home safely will be operating tonight (Friday) and Saturday from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. Last weekend, road conditions played a major part in the number of rides provided. There were 84 rides given on Dec. 13, compared to 124 in 2012, and 142 on Dec. 14, compared to 158 in 2012. “Those numbers were what we expected considering the weather and road conditions on Friday,” spokesper-

son Andrea Johnson said in a press release. “A lot of people probably decided to stay home, and that’s totally fine.” So far this year, Operation Red Nose in Prince George has provided 563 rides, the third-highest total in the province behind Langley-Surrey (663) and Kamloops (641). After this weekend, Operation Red Nose volunteers will be off until New Year’s Eve. The number to call to get you and your vehicle home safely is 250-962RIDE (7433) between 9 p.m. and 3 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

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Failing to comply with orders gets time in jail In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 17: Aaron C. Cooper was found guilty of assault and theft of property with a value less than $5,000, placed on probation for 18 months, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from possessing firearms for three years. Robert L. Milligan was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Nathan D. Seymour was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and failing to com-

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Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following person who is wanted on 6 British Columbia wide warrants. As of 0910hrs this 18th day of December 2013, Saie John YELLOWBIRD (B: 1993-04-02) is wanted on 6 British Columbia wide warrants including FAIL TO COMPLY WITH PROBATION. YELLOWBIRD is described as a First Nations male, 165 cm or 5’05” tall and weighs 59 kg or 130 lbs. YELLOWBIRD has black hair and brown eyes. YELLOWBIRD should be considered violent.

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Jason James PORTICE 183 cm or 6’0” 86 kg or 190 lbs.

Crime Stoppers is asking the public’s assistance in locating the following person who is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant. As of 0910hrs this 18th day of December 2013, Jason James PORTICE (B: 1971-09-16) is wanted on a British Columbia wide warrant for BREACH OF RECOGNIZANCE. PORTICE is described as a Caucasian male, 183 cm or 6’0” tall and weighs 86 kg or 190 lbs. PORTICE has black hair and brown eyes. PORTICE should be considered violent.

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Melody Joy POLIUES 168 cm or 5’06” 68 kg or 150 lbs.

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ply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to 16 days in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Corey G. Shute was found guilty of fraud, sentenced to 20 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Shute was also found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to 14 days in jail and placed on probation for 12 months. Shane A. Wevill was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, sentenced to one day in jail and assessed a victim surcharge of $50. Wevill was also found guilty of resisting a peace officer and a second count of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, placed on probation for 12 months and assessed a victim surcharge of $100. Suzan M. Wright was found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000 and placed on probation for one year. Jarod T. Cotton was found guilty of two counts of mischief and placed on probation for 12 months. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 18: Amberlynn L. Abraham was found guilty of failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance, sentenced to one day in jail and placed on probation for one year. Archie L. Dominic was found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and failing to comply with a condition of an undertaking or recognizance and sentenced to nine days in jail. Eric M. Gladish was found guilty of unauthorized possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon contrary to order, sentenced to 84 days in jail, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Damien S. Lafreniere was found guilty of assaulting a peace officer, sentenced to 124 days in jail and prohibited from possessing firearms for five years. Lafreniere was also found guilty of escaping form lawful custody and sentenced to 75 days in jail. Lafreniere was also found guilty of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 30 days in jail. Andrew M. Quamme was found guilty of driving while prohibited, sentenced to 14 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence, assessed a victim surcharge of $50 and prohibited from driving for one year. Quamme was also found guilty of theft of property with a value less than $5,000, fined $200 and assessed a victim surcharge of $30. Corey T. Tom was found guilty of two counts of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 20 days in jail. Tom was also found guilty of a third count of failing to comply with a probation order and sentenced to 25 days in jail. In Provincial Court in Prince George on Oct. 21: Shawn T. Ansley was found guilty of assault causing bodily harm, sentenced to one day in jail and received a lifetime prohibition on the possession of firearms. Anthony J. Bourdeau was found guilty of driving while prohibited, sentenced to 15 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and was prohibited from driving for two years. Bourdeau was also found guilty of a second count of driving while prohibited, sentenced to 30 days in jail to be served on an intermittent basis, placed on probation until the expiration of the jail sentence, fined $500, assessed a victim surcharge of $75 and was prohibited from driving for two years.

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For Melinda, it’s a real Gift of Hope Teresa Mallam arts@pgfreepress.com Melinda Ryser is single, sweetnatured and in her mid-thirties. She’s in the physical prime of her life and should be having the time of her life – but she is not. Instead she’s struggling with mental health issues and trying to get by in a community, and a world, that largely doesn’t understand or can come to grips with what she goes through every day. Some days are worse than others. Tuesday evening, Ryser is volunteering at the warehouse for the Gift of Hope project run by the local branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association. She shows the reporter tables upon tables of donations – handknit scarves, hats, mittens, pyjamas, clothing, books, CDs, perfumes, soaps, crafts, towels, teas, candies, chocolates – and bags of gifts that will go to 400 to 500 people in the community who have chronic or persistent mental illness. Ryser looks up and smiles. “This makes me feel that there’s hope for humanity,” she says, simply. She also hopes the goodwill shown by the community for Gift of Hope will spill over into greater general awareness of what mental illness is and how we can avoid the stigma that is often associated with it. “Just like anything else, if people have more knowledge and understanding about mental illness, then it’s not so scary. We’re not alien life ... and we’re not invisible. We’re just different.” Six years ago, Ryser says she was finally diagnosed, after much time and testing, with several mental illnesses: bi-polar disorder, generalized anxiety, social phobia, borderline personality disorder, and (she remembers later in the interview) obsessive compulsive disorder or OCD. Raised and educated in Prince George, Ryser wishes her mental health issues had been recognized and diagnosed by professionals much sooner. Like when she felt like “an outcast” as a young school girl. Tears fill her eyes as she remembers how sad and painful her life was back then when no one understood her. “I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” she said. “I knew it wasn’t normal to not be happy. I was

extremely sensitive, so I never fit in and I didn’t know how to socialize. I wasn’t like the other kids, I was always clinging to my family. I was just a complete outcast at school. I really enjoyed learning – but I never finished school because the social aspect of it was just overwhelming for me.” Later on, as a young adult, her mental health problems led to problems in her life and in her relationships. “It caused lots of problems in my life. I was making really bad lifestyle choices like staying out drinking and partying, choices that put me in positions that weren’t safe. I don’t trust myself anymore choosing partners in relationships and I am alone now – except for my dogs.” She laughs, aware that lots of women with no mental health problems have been known to make poor choices. However, it did mean that Ryser tended to withdraw more and more into her own, kinder, world – until her diagnosis. Now she gets out and tries to help others who are still struggling with mental illness. “I have an easy time putting myself in other people’s shoes and I understand their feelings because I’ve been there. I don’t take things for granted and I always try to appreciate things around me.” Family support really helps people with mental illness, she says. “My parents always left the door open for me – they have had to chase me down when it was necessary to keep me safe. “I’ve never able to hold down a job so you can feel like you’re a burden on your family because it’s not just you who has to go through it, your whole family goes through it. “Now I’m on [government] disability but it’s still a real struggle to get by.” Contrary to what many people think, people with mental illness are not unintelligent, she says. Indeed, many of them have high IQs. “Your logic is different so you might process things differently. Like you can write out a budget but then all it takes is one thing that stresses you out and it can lead you astray. Instead, you go for instant gratification and buy something that is not what most people would find practical.” However, Ryser is aware that she often copes with a “muddled mind” when it comes to expressing herself. “I do a lot of thinking. Sometimes

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Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Volunteer Melinda Ryser holds a gift cup and saucer filled with chocolates, one of hundreds of Gift of Hope items that will be given out to people with chronic mental illnesses this Christmas.

my thoughts jump around and I come out with only partial thoughts and often I’m still in my own little world. Some days are better than others, like today I just found out my mom, who has cancer, only has a few months to live. So that is really hard for me... I’ve never lost a parent.” Added to the deep emotional stress of hearing such heartbreaking news, Ryser has to adjust to a new reality and cope with a new fear – of one day being alone. “People who don’t understand mental illness, fear it. They don’t understand that your thinking is different than theirs and that mental illness can make you more sensitive to what goes on around you. “So it can make life very lonely for some people and it’s going to get lonelier because my parents are going to be gone.” That’s where Gift of Hope comes in. “Gift of Hope gives me the opportunity to be a part of something and celebrate Christmas with people who understand what it’s like to have mental illness.” To volunteer with or donate to the annual Gift of Hope, which also hosts a dinner and dance, visit the Prince George branch of the Canadian Mental Health Association at 555 George St. or phone their offices at 250-5648644 for drop box locations.

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Robber still loose after bank holdup The Scotiabank at Spruceland was robbed at gunpoint Tuesday morning. At about 10:30 a.m., police received multiple reports of the robbery. Upon attending the scene, officers were able to confirm that a man had produced what appeared to be a handgun, demanded money from the staff and fled on foot with a quantity of cash. A search of the area was conducted with the help of a police service dog, but was unsuccess-

ful. The suspect is described as being approximately 30 years old, heavy set, approximately five feet, eight inches tall. At the time of the offence, the suspect was wearing a black toque, white sunglasses, dark bandana or scarf over the lower part of his face, light grey track suit, white runners with a blue pump. No injuries were reported.

Buchanan Avenue home damaged by fire Fire caused extensive damage to a house in the 1100 block of Buchanan Avenue Tuesday afternoon. Shortly before 3:30 p.m. Prince George Fire Rescue responded to the fire, which was reported by a neighbor who described heavy smoke coming from the house. Fifteen firefighters from three

halls responded in four trucks. On arrival, fire crews found a smouldering fire in the basement of the home. They quickly knocked down the flames and worked to clear the heavy smoke. From all indications the fire had been burning for some time, therefore fire damage to the

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ASSAI serves more students Youngsters at Harwin Elementary got the chance on Dec. 13 to show what a provincial after-school program meant to them. Minister of Community, Sport and Cultural Development Coralee Oakes was at the school to announce a doubling of the program spaces for the After School Sport and Art Initiative (ASSAI), which will now reach up to 15,000 students around B.C. “I have seen first-hand what a difference these programs make in the lives of kids who otherwise may not have connections to the community,” Oakes said in a press release. “One child characterized it, literally, as life-changing.” The program is designed to allow children, generally in kindergarten to Grade 8, access to organized activities they may not otherwise be able to take part in, whether because

of financial, social or geographic barriers. Prince George-Valemount MLA Shirley Bond was on hand for the announcement. “The After School Sport and Arts Initiative is a smart investment – innovative programming at its best.” Mike Morris, Prince GeorgeMackenzie MLA, said the impact of the program was obvious. “The sparkle in the eyes of the kids tells the story. It’s great to see them getting so involved in their afterschool sport and arts projects.” The program began in 2010 as a pilot in five schools, working just with sports. The arts component was added in the 2012-13 school year. Funding for ASSAi is provided to the school districts, which then choose the schools to receive the funding. Each school then creates its own programs.

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Guns seized at home A specialized unit within the Prince George RCMP has seized more guns following the execution of another search warrant in the City of Prince George. On December 11, members of the Prince George RCMP Crime Reduction Team executed a Criminal Code search warrant on a residence on the 1800 block of Ninth Avenue. The home was well known to police and a number of criminal activities were believed to be occurring there. Police subsequently arrested three adult males without incident. A search of the home resulted in the seizure of several firearms, which included an SKS assault rifle, a sawed off prohibited .22 caliber rifle, a pistol grip shotgun, a .308 rifle, a large amount of ammunition and what appeared to be a crude homemade silencer or suppresser. Police also located a quantity of heroin inside the home. Of particular concern to the police was the close proximity of the home to Duchess Park Secondary School, given the presence of the firearms and the suspected criminal activity the occupants were engaging in. Police believe the seized firearms were destined for the streets of Prince George and were not intended to be used for legal purposes, such as hunting or sport shooting. This was this was the third search warrant since late October in which the Detachment’s Crime Reduction Team encountered firearms inside of a home they were searching. In all three instances, police discovered modified prohibited firearms, which could easily be concealed. On two of the occasions, the firearms were found to be loaded and readily accessible. One of the men, a 50-year-old Prince George resident, is now facing a number of firearm and drug related charges as a result of this investigation. He was released from custody by way of a promise to appear for court on Wednesday January 29. The remaining males were released with no charges pending at this time. The investigation is continuing.

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P13-19 Pine Valley Recreational Complex Closing Date: January 22, 2014

The City requests written comment from any person, organization, or agencies that may be affected by this amendment to the OCP. Please forward any written submissions by January 6th, 2014 to the Community Planning Division at 1100 Patricia Boulevard, PG V2L 3V9, Fax: 561-7721, Email: mstanker@city.pg.bc.ca

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OFFICIAL COMMUNITY PLAN BYLAW NO. 8383, 2011 AMENDMENT BYLAW NO. 8550. The City of Prince George is considering an amendment to City of Prince George Official Community Plan (OCP) Bylaw No. 8383, 2011 to amend Schedule B-6: Future Land Use by RE-DESIGNATING Lot 27 and 28, Block 92, District Lot 343, Cariboo District, Plan 1268 (subject property) from Neighbourhood Residential to Neighbourhood Centre Residential; and AMENDING Section 8.3.42 to permit a health service, minor use along Lethbridge Street. The proposed changes to the OCP will facilitate a rezoning

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More construction at hospital Medical students in the North are one step closer to having a new educational facility, with the

official start of construction on the Learning and Development Centre at the University Hos-

pital of Northern BC in Prince George. “This centre serves as an

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Liquor changes coming, but no date announced Tom Fletcher Black Press The B.C. government has uncorked another round of liquor law reform, with children to be allowed in pubs and restaurants allowed to serve drinks without food. Premier Christy Clark announced the changes at a downtown Vancouver restaurant Tuesday, as the provincial cabinet works its way through a list of 70 recommendations from a recent public consultation on updating B.C. liquor laws. As with earlier rounds of liquor reform, Tuesday’s event was short on details and long on populist appeal. Some time next year B.C. will see the changes, and will also join all other Canadian provinces in allowing pubs to offer discounted

drinks for happy hour. Permitted times and a minimum drink price are still to be determined. Children are to be allowed to accompany their parents into pubs up until an evening curfew time, also yet to be determined, but Clark said it will allow families to have lunch or dinner together at a pub. Royal Canadian Legion branches will have the same freedom to admit under-age family members. Restaurants with “food primary” licences will still have to offer a full menu when liquor is available, Clark said, “but customers who don’t want to order food shouldn’t be forced to do so, and food primary businesses that want to fully transition away from food service after a certain hour, and operate for example as a night club, will be able to apply for a special licence to do so.”

NDP critic Shane Simpson said the changes effectively erase the distinction between a licensed restaurant and a pub, and are being announced for popular effect without any research to support them. The province also intends to make its Serving it Right liquor training to all servers in licensed restaurants, as well as staff at B.C. Liquor Stores and rural agency and wine stores. Licensees, managers, sales and serving staff “should also be required to recertify,” according to a government news release. Last week Clark and RichmondSteveston MLA John Yap, who led the public consultation on liquor law reform, announced that regulations would be eased for winery tasting rooms. Farm markets will also be allowed to offer samples and sales of locally made beer, wine and spirits.

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Are we equipped for winter? Is there anyone out there who didn’t complain about the state of Prince George roads last week? Everywhere I went people were talking about the snow removal, or lack thereof. Many of the people I talked to said last week was the worst they’ve ever seen it. I’m not sure if it actually was, but a week later and many of the city’s roads are still in sorry state. The snow removal was, to put it delicately, less than what the residents want. In fairness to the folks at the city who were trying to clear the roads, the dump of snow was pretty significant and it came steadily over a couple of days. In the height of the storm I’m guessing that the city could have started a plow at Foothills and 15th, ran it up to the end of Foothills up the Hart, and by the time they got back to Foothills and 15th it would need plowing again. WRITER’S BLOCK It’s tough to keep up when it’s BILLPHILLIPS coming down that heavily … and for a long period of time. But it seemed like nothing was getting done. Downtown was left all day, which means motorists had to fight snow that was way too deep for most cars to drive in. Heard one story of a fire truck having to get towed out of the snow when it was answering an emergency call. That simply is not acceptable. Discussions about the snow removal invariably come down to the city’s snow-removal budget. Over the past few years the city has spent an average of $5.6 million on snow removal and for 2014 set the budget at $5.8 million. That’s not the issue. We can have a snow removal budget of $10 million, but if we don’t have the equipment to quickly clear the city’s streets, which is evident after last week, we’re no further ahead. So what do we have? On a typical dayshift, the city will employ (some city owned, some rented), seven sander/plow trucks, 16 loaders, 10 graders, three sidewalk machines, a loader plow, and one backhoe. The afternoon shift gets a little bit lighter with two sander/plows, two loaders, and two graders in operation. Night shift picks up again with seven sander/plows, 12 load-

Photo courtesy of the RCMP With visibility very, very poor during last week’s major snowstorm, a motorist drove right up on a snow windrow.

ers, 10 graders, three sidewalk machines, 16 dump trucks, two bulldozers (at the snow dump), one snowblower/loader, one plow and one backhoe in action. During major storms all services operate 24 hours a day seven days a week. Sounds like a lot of equipment. But is it? The city has 580 kilometres of paved roads to look after and 90 kilometres of gravel roads for a total of 670 kilometres. When the snow hits, it’s really only the sander/plow trucks and graders that actually clean the roads. The loaders are working on cleaning intersections, egresses, etc. So, we have 17 pieces of equipment to clear 670 kilometres of road. If we want our roads completely cleaned within 24 hours of a major dump, that means each one of those 17 pieces of equipment would have to clean 40 kilometres of

road. At first blush, that doesn’t sound like much. But remember that each of 670 kilometres will require at least two passes, meaning they have to clean 80 kilometres of snow. The four-lane roads, such as Foothills, require five or six passes so the trucks and plows are looking at having to cover probably upwards of 2,000 kilometres in a day. It’s getting to be a lot of territory to cover. Add in that, like last week, sometimes the snow doesn’t stop coming and we’re outgunned. The point about snow removal isn’t whether council increases the snow-removal operating budget, it’s whether council approves some capital expenditures and give the city crews enough tools to do the job. We are, after all, winter. The city that is winter shouldn’t be crippled by a snowstorm.

Still time for Christmas memories Dear St. Nicholas, ern roads were bad, there was a wind storm As usual I am late writing my Christmas and whiteout conditions, and I was several letter to you. Plus this year Canada Post has hours late arriving at the ferry. said it is phasing out door-to-door delivery Or the Christmas that my parents had and what with the pending sale of the North “executives” for dinner and the flame from Pole and everything, I thought it my mother’s famous flaming more likely you would read my chocolate souffle somehow letter in the Free Press. caught the white linen runner So here goes: and ran the length of the forMy father says this is his last mal table. Spectacular maybe – Christmas. but not their best Christmas. He is 94. I was wondering if Then there was the year for his last Christmas you could that Dad hid our presents give him the best Christmas in the basement washer and ever. His wish list is pretty small. our mother decided to sneak He has everything a man in his down and do one last load on 90s could ask for and his other Christmas eve. Next day, my 93 Christmases will be hard Holiday Barbie was sticking to TEA WITH TERESA acts to follow. Except of course red tissue paper, her cardTERESAMALLAM the ones he spent at sea with board belt and plastic bag were the Merchant Marines during melted. The boxes containing the Second World War. And I’m guessing my brothers’ action figures were shredded to the Christmas he spent in hospital after an bits but the toys were intact. emergency operation wasn’t great. So that was good. Or the one he spent worrying about me Christmas 2002. Hard on all of us. It and his granddaughter because the northwas the first Christmas in 55 years (except

for wartime) that my Dad was without my mother – she had died the previous summer. Ever since his children left home and more recently as a widower, Dad has spent most of his Christmases walking his dog along the lake front, sitting by the fire with his TV remote, and listening to his Christmas classical music concerts. He welcomes holiday visits from his offspring – even if he gets their names confused – but I get the feeling now that he likes his solitude. When it did happen that we could all get together, we reminded Dad of when he took us to his office on the top floors of Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto where we’d watch the Santa Claus Parade and visit patients on the pediatrics ward. These days, the best present we can give our Dad is our own memories. My brother likes to remind him about the time we went to Santa’s Village to see where Santa’s reindeer are kept until it’s time to hitch them up to the big sleigh on Christmas Eve. My sister talks about the year we drove to a Christmas tree farm and Dad

took hours using his surgical skills to cut off most of the boughs trying to get it “symmetrical.” We hung a few ornaments on the almost naked tree. My Dad always smiles at the memory. My story is about the year I came home for Christmas with my husband and new baby daughter and he said, “This baby is by far your best achievement.” He shakes his head, he’s sure he didn’t say that – but he did. So I guess I won’t be needing you after all, St. Nicholas. I don’t think you have anything that would make my Dad smile more than hearing his children recount happy memories of childhood – even if he can’t remember them. P.S. I have to be honest. My father says that it’s his “last Christmas” every year – since the time he was about 80. I think he does that to make sure we behave ourselves and set aside our sibling rivalry one day of the year so he can have some peace and quiet. Peace and quiet. That’s a wrap. Dear Free Press readers: Happy holidays to you and yours.


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rom all of us here at the Prince George Free Press – Merry Christmas. This is our last issue before next week’s Christmas break and we have provided lots of Christmas greetings for you in this issue. We hope you enjoy them. We also hope that you get time to enjoy the season with your family and friends. The Christmas season is a time for peace and joy and goodwill. He hope you have it all this holiday season. At this time we are also reminded of those who can’t afford some of the excesses that come with the season. Our pages, over the past few weeks, have been filled with stories and pictures of Prince George residents pitching in to help out … from the young girl who gave up birthday presents and raised a couple hundred dollars to the corporate donors who gave thousands of dollars. It is truly a season of giving and, once again, Prince George has dug deep to help out those in our community who need a hand. Enjoy the season, enjoy the holidays, and have a merry, merry Christmas.

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his year’s Grinch award has to go out to federal Industry Minister James Moore. Just two weeks before Christmas the big man with what seems to be a small, small heart opined: “Is it my job to feed my neighbour’s child? I don’t think so.” Granted, he was trying to point out that social programs designed to deal with issues such as child poverty are a provincial jurisdiction, not a federal one and he has apologized. However, the remark shows his true mindset. “An elder once said that when you do something wrong, your first job isn’t to apologize – it is to understand what you are going to apologize for,” writes Cindy Blackstock, executive director of the Caring Society and a member of the Gitksan Nation. She hit the nail on the head. Moore’s comment shows, very clearly, that he, and likely others in the federal government, couldn’t give a damn about people living in poverty. That is echoed by the provincial government’s inaction on poverty and this province having the worst child poverty rates in the country. We would give our leaders a lump of coal this Christmas but they would quickly try to sell it to the Chinese for their power plants. A Grinch award will have to do and Moore takes the top prize.

Christmas memories Little time is left until we get to Christmas day. and you were going to be part of it. For many, this is a fairly frantic time as the last-moment As a young parent, there are tons of memories that piled things pile on top of each other. There are the last-minute up as your family expanded and grew. We even remember gifts to find, grocery shopping to be done, and a multitude of that dreaded phrase, “some assembly required” with humour other little chores. and the knowledge that the two screws and a bolt left over For many, these last few days become stressful and exwere not important. While trying to put together parts that tremely tiring. It is difficult to find time to rest and relax, but didn’t quite fit may have seen us labouring well into the that is paramount to having an enjoyable Christmas experiwee hours of Christmas morning was a bit frustrating, it is ence. recalled with a chuckle and a lingering sense of satisfaction. To relieve the stress and anxiety, take a little The source of many of our memories comes time alone or with someone close to you and from the delight and enthusiasm of our children. review all those memories of Christmases past. For them, as it was for us, it is an emotional All of us have a big trunk full of happy memofeast. Mostly we remember their squeals of ries. Time may have edited those memories a delight as they opened one gift after another. bit but the essence remains the same. Perfect Receiving the gifts was fun for them but it was a and precise recall is not required; only enjoywonderful delight for us. ment. We also have memories of finding the perfect Memories we have of Christmas as a child gift for the person we love and share life with. have a special place. They come from a time That special way to say I love you and appreciate when we believed almost anything and also all you have been for me and all you will be to believed anything was possible. What was your me in the future. best Christmas memory? Was it the time you When you reach the stately status of being ONSIDE received that special gift of something you VICBOWMAN grandparents, many more chapters of happy really wanted? Was it the time when somememories are written. one special was there with you? Was it the time you gave Grandparents have that special place where they can enjoy someone you loved the very perfect gift? Was it the food, the the season in a somewhat more leisurely fashion. You can people, the Christmas tree, the glitter, the wonderful feeling hug the new doll with your grandchild, play with the new or even the snow? toys and be honestly befuddled by “Transformer” toys as a As a young person taking the journey from being a child car become a figure and back again to a car. Children underto becoming an adult, our memories change but are always stand that grandparents know a lot but that they don’t have sweet. to know everything, as their parents must. It may have been a time, provoked by the season of goodThe formula for a Merry Christmas is simple. Reminisce a will, that you had your first kiss with a special someone who lot, hug a lot, love a lot, relax and enjoy a lot. was not family. Perhaps you only got to hold hands but even No matter what happens or doesn’t happen it will still be a that was special. The world seemed to have a bright future wonderful day.

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Long life won’t bankrupt pensions Paul Strickland Special to Free Press Professional pessimists, and those seeking to foment intergenerational resentments, continue to sound the false alarm that growing numbers of people reaching retirement age will bankrupt pension plans and medicare. Pundits continue to create the impression that an approaching “grey tsunami” will overwhelm Canada’s publicly funded healthcare system, says Alan Cassels of the University of Victoria. Such notions, promoted by some major Canadian daily newspapers, can be destructive by raising unnecessary panic and fear, and fuel irresponsible political responses, Cassels wrote in the July 5, 2011 Vancouver Sun. For many, the fact people are living longer is a demographic disaster in the making. People who live past a certain age that some authorities consider the appropriate maximum are made to feel that they are draining the nation’s resources, and that maybe they should just get out of the way. Some commentators in centreright mainstream media have contended the poverty rate among seniors is so low compared to 1970 that social programs for the elderly can now be cut. Do these commentators want to see a rise again in the poverty rate among seniors? This attitude would be in line with brief straight talk that slipped recently from a government minister who, before backtracking, said hunger among children isn’t a federal concern. Earlier this month on CBC Radio One’s weekday public affairs program, The Current, some officials suggested that the retirement age should be steadily ratcheted upward past 65 and 67 to even

higher ages. About three years ago Roger Martin, dean of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto, called for raising the retirement age to 75 (Globe and Mail, Nov. 3, 2010). He said in an op-ed piece that when Chancellor Otto von Bismarck set up a social security system in Germany during the 1880s – the forerunner of the Canada Pension Plan and, in the U.S., Social Security – hardly anyone lived long enough to reach the retirement age of 65 he set and collect benefits. And when U.S. President Franklin Roosevelt oversaw the introduction of Social Security for Americans in 1935 and also set 65 as the retirement age, life expectancy in the United States was only 61.7 years and few from that decade lived to collect, Martin maintained. In their 2001 book The Radical Center, journalist Ted Halstead and the usually observant American historian Michael Lind make the same error about life expectancy in Bismarck’s Imperial Germany and in the Depression-era U.S. “When Social Security was introduced by Franklin Roosevelt, the initial number of recipients was too small to be politically significant; indeed, the pension age was five years older than the standard life expectancy,” they contend. This is significantly wrong. As letter writer Julia Hamilton pointed out soon after Martin’s oped piece, the reason for the low life expectancy in the late nineteenth century “was the appalling rate of infant and maternal mortality. If you made it through childhood, the concept of what is ‘old’ has changed relatively little. In biblical times it was three score and ten. Bismarck lived to 83.” Psalm 90, Verse 10 in the King James version of the Bible reads as

follows: “The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and, if by reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet is their strength, labour, and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.” I have family portrait photos from the turn of the last century and from the late 1920s with bearded elderly grandfathers standing in the back row and grandmothers and great-grandmothers seated in wicker chairs in front of the assembled family members, with the large, two-storey wooden family home in the background. If average life expectancy was around 50 in the late 19th century, the reason is, as Hamilton suggests, that infant deaths and the deaths of children under six from then mostly untreatable major childhood illnesses brought down the statistical average

age at death. However, once you got past the age of six, you had a good chance of living the full biblical span of 70 or 80. Epidemics also took their toll from the adult population, certainly, but to say almost no one in, say, 1888, lived past 50 or only a handful of people reached 65 in the mid-1930s reflects the inability of some journalists and historians to understand conditions during previous historical periods. Yet Martin, Halstead and Lind are not alone in their error. Similar seemingly plausible wrong assumptions, or what the twentieth-century critic Jacques Barzun called “thought cliches,” drive most of the debate in this country about the ideal retirement age, health-care planning, and pension plans. Through patient argument we have to combat these wrong notions.

Government has responsibility to children Editor: Canada’s minister of Industry in the Harper regime is one James Moore, a political science graduate from the University of Northern British Columbia. I do hope that he is not broadcasting that accomplishment, for the sake of our university. James Moore has said that it is neither his, nor his government’s, job to “feed his neighbour’s children.” I disagree. If we, as a society, do not feed, educate and look out for the general welfare of Canada’s children, the money we save (in order to cut corporate taxes) will cost us many times over in the future. The welfare of

children should not depend entirely on the skills and fortunes of parents. Children who grow stunted in mind or body will find few places in our future productive society but ample spaces in our gaols and prisons. Some 24 years ago our federal parliament unanimously promised to eliminate child poverty by the year 2000. If this promise had been fulfilled, we would now be living in a happier, more productive society. Will we attack the problems of child poverty today to assure a better tomorrow? It is up to us voters. James Loughery Prince George

Christmas and summer a bad match “I’ll be home for Christmas . . .” Prince George. I was working at the South For a lot of years, that was a promise I Peace News in High Prairie, Alta. My sister, made to Mom and Dad. It didn’t matter Cathy, was also working in High Prairie, where I was working on a but she was no longer my editor. paper, I always managed to get The two of us hopped into home for Christmas. my little car after the last day of Some years that was about work and hit the road – and the all I got home for. I rememsnowstorm. It wasn’t as bad as ber one year (although I can’t what we had here last week, but remember what paper I was driving at night on a highway I with), I got home Christmas wasn’t totally familiar with was Eve and left again on Boxing not the recipe for calming my Day. nerves. Usually, however, I manAdd in the number of vehicles aged to get a few extra days in we passed which had gone into ALLAN’S AMBLINGS on one side or the other. That the ditch (including one who had ALLANWISHART obviously done a 180, since his gave me a chance to sample some of Mom’s cooking, watch nose was pointing back towards hockey with Dad, and visit friends. the road), and it was definitely not a relaxOne Christmas I do recall, not so much ing drive. for the Christmas itself, but for the trip to We got home to Prince George with few

problems, and celebrated Christmas with the family. On Boxing Day, Dad asked how my car was doing, and I said something like, “Pretty good. It got us here a couple of days ago without any trouble.” He decided to go out and take a look at the car, make sure everything was good. He stopped by the side of the car, took a look at it, then dropped to one knee to take a closer look at the tires. Then he looked up. “You realize you’re driving on summer tires?” Cathy was not impressed when she found out. Of course, she didn’t have much choice in how she was going to get back to High Prairie, although I think the bus or even hitchhiking did cross her mind. But since Dad and I went out and bought

new winter tires for the car before we left, she eventually decided I could be trusted. “Hey, we got down there without a problem,” I recall saying frequently on the way back, with nothing but icy silence in return. That was also the trip where on the way down we both saw what looked like a very large building on the east side of the road. All we could see in the dark was some looming walls. When we drove back up, we were looking for it, but never saw anything that looked similar. Each of us, on later trips, would keep an eye open for this mystery building, but we never did see anything that looked like it. It’s very unlikely anybody in Prince George still has summer tires on, so I won’t be able to think someone else will be as stupid as I was that Christmas many years ago. Merry Christmas to all, and stay safe.


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Carols

Recipes

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer 3 White Christmas 3 Joy to the World 5 O Holy Night 5 Les anges dans nos campagnes 7 Frosty the Snowman 7 Away in a Manger 9 Twelve Days of Christmas 9 Hark! The Herald Angels Sing 10 Santa Claus is Coming to Town 10 The First Noel 11 Winter Wonderland 11 Silver Bells 11 Do You Hear What I Hear? 14 Silent Night 15

Turkey Rice Salad Eggnog Fudge Pork Loin with Prune Stuffing Orecchiette Pasta

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Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen.

But do you recall The most famous reindeer of all? Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer Had a very shiny nose. And if you ever saw him, You would even say it glows. All of the other reindeer Used to laugh and call him names. They never let poor Rudolph Play in any reindeer games. Then one foggy Christmas eve Santa came to say: “Rudolph with your nose so bright, Won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” Then all the reindeer loved him As they shouted out with glee: “Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, You’ll go down in history!”

White Christmas I’m dreaming of a white Christmas Just like the ones I used to know Where the treetops glisten And children listen To hear sleigh bells in the snow I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white I’m dreaming of a white Christmas With every Christmas card I write May your days be merry and bright And may all your Christmases be white Irving Berlin 1942

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Thank You

We would like to thank the following people for the generous contributions to the Spirit of the North Healthcare Foundation’s Festival of the Trees WITHOUT WHOM THIS TREE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN POSSIBLE!

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O Holy Night O holy night! The stars are brightly shining, It is the night of the dear Saviour’s birth. Long lay the world in sin and error pining. Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth. A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices, For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn. Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices! O night divine, the night when Christ was born; O night, O holy night, O night divine! O night, O holy night, O night divine! Led by the light of faith serenely beaming, With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand. O’er the world a star is sweetly gleaming, Now come the wisemen from out of the Orient land. The King of kings lay thus lowly manger;

In all our trials born to be our friends. He knows our need, our weakness is no stranger, Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Behold your King! Before him lowly bend! Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love and His gospel is peace. Chains he shall break, for the slave is our brother. And in his name all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we, With all our hearts we praise His holy name. Christ is the Lord! Then ever, ever praise we, His power and glory ever more proclaim! His power and glory ever more proclaim!


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Away in a Manger tune: Mueller, James Ramsey Murray harm. by Edward L. Stauff

words: v. 1 & 2 anonymous, 1885 v. 3 attr. to John Thomas McFarland, 1887

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The Twelve Days of Christmas On the first day of Christmas, My true love sent to me A partridge in a pear tree. On the second day of Christmas, My true love sent to me Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the third day of Christmas, My true love sent to me Three French hens, Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the fourth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me Four calling birds, Three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the fifth day of Christmas, My true love sent to me Five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the sixth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree.

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On the seventh day of Christmas, My true love gave to me Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the eighth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, Five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the ninth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, Five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the tenth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, Five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree.

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On the eleventh day of Christmas, My true love gave to me Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids amilking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, Five golden rings. Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree. On the twelfth day of Christmas, My true love gave to me Twelve drummers drumming, Eleven pipers piping, Ten lords a-leaping, Nine ladies dancing, Eight maids a-milking, Seven swans a-swimming, Six geese a-laying, Five golden rings. Four calling birds, Three French hens, Two turtle doves And a partridge in a pear tree.

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing music: Mendelssohn, Felix Mendelssohn adapt. William H. Cummings

words by Charles Wesley

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Honouring lost loved ones at Christmas keeps their memory alive while providing comfort to surviving family and friends. May you be blessed with peace, hope and the spirit of love this season.

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Santa Claus is Coming to Town Oh! You better watch out, You better not cry, You better not pout, I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town!

He sees you when you’re sleeping, He knows when you’re awake. He knows when you’ve been bad or good, So be good for goodness sake! So. . . You better watch out, You better not cry You better not pout, I’m Telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town. Little tin horns, little toy drums. Rudy-toot-toot and rummy tum tums. Santa Claus is coming town

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He’s making a list, He’s checking it twice, Gonna find out who’s naughty or nice. Santa Claus is coming to town! Christmas can be an especially bittersweet time of year. Memories of past Christmases with loved ones who are no longer with us can be painful.

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Little toy dolls that cuddle and coo, Elephants, boats and Kiddie cars too. Santa Claus is coming to town.

The kids in Girl and Boy Land Will have a jubilee. They’re gonna build a toy land town All around the Christmas tree. Ohh. . . . You better watch out, You better not cry. You better not pout, I’m telling you why. Santa Claus is coming to town! Coots and Gillespie, christmas lyrics


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The First Noel

traditional English, 18th cent.

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Gone away is the bluebird, Here to stay is a new bird, He sings a love song, As we go along, Walking in a winter wonderland. In the meadow we can build a snowman, Then pretend that he is Parson Brown He’ll say: Are you married? We’ll say: No man, But you can do the job When you’re in town.

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Silver Bells City sidewalks, busy sidewalks, dressed in holiday style In the air there’s a feeling of Christmas Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile And on ev’ry street corner you’ll hear

In the meadow we can build a snowman, And pretend that he’s a circus clown We’ll have lots of fun with mister snowman, Until the other kiddies knock him down.

Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling, hear themsing Soon it will be Christmas day

When it snows, ain’t it thrilling, Though your nose gets a chilling We’ll frolic and play, the Eskimo way, Walking in a winter wonderland.

Strings of street lights, even stop lights, blink a bright red and green As the shoppers rush home with their treasures Hear the snow crunch, see the kids bunch, this is Santa’s big scene And above all this bustle you’ll hear

Walking in a winter wonderland, Walking in a winter wonderland.

Silver bells, silver bells It’s Christmas time in the city Ring-a-ling, hear them sing Soon it will be Christmas day

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According to legend, three young and penniless women hung their freshly laundered stockings to dry over the mantelpiece. On Christmas Eve, Saint Nicholas threw some gold coins down their chimney, and the coins landed in the ladies’ stockings. And so the tradition began. To preserve a whisper of the origins of this tradition, place some gold foil-wrapped chocolate coins in your children’s Christmas stockings. In the olden days, oranges were a rare winter treat and many of our great-grandparents were excited to receive a foil-wrapped orange in their stockings on the big morning. Today, that tradition can be carried on with a real tangerine or with a chocolate orange, foil wrapped and ready to be “peeled” into sections. Other surprises to keep in mind as stocking stuffers are small items that you usually

say “no” to the rest of the year: that little toy car you always refuse to buy when you’re grocery shopping, or the little troll dolls at the cashier’s counter of the drug store. Gift certificates for a day of skiing or a movie with popcorn at the movie theatre are sure to be hits as well. There’s no need to hunt down official gift cards; create your own on the computer or craft one with cardboard and markers. For teenagers, trial size personal care and beauty products are ideal, including bubble bath, creams, shower gels, or shampoos for sports bags. Of course, gift cards for cell phone minutes or for music downloads from the Internet will also make them

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Preparation 1. Cook the brown and wild rice in boiling salted water for 25 minutes or until tender. Rinse under cold running water and drain. 2. Turn the well-drained rice into a large bowl and add the apples, celery, and grapes. Beat the lemon or orange juice into the mayonnaise, season with salt and pepper, and pour over the rice. 3. Add the turkey and mix well to coat with the lemon or orange mayonnaise. 4. Arrange fresh lettuce leaves over the base and around the sides of a warmed serving dish and spoon the rice on top.

Eggnog Fudge Ingredients • 500 ml (2 cups) sugar • 250 ml (1 cup) refrigerated eggnog • 2 Tbsp butter • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup • 50 g (1/4 cup) chopped pecans, toasted • 50 g (1/4 cup) slivered almonds, toasted and chopped • 65 g (1/2 cup) chopped red candied cherries • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Makes about 680g (1.5 pounds)

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Do You Hear What I Hear? Said the night wind to the little lamb, “Do you see what I see? Way up in the sky, little lamb, Do you see what I see? A star, a star, dancing in the night With a tail as big as a kite, With a tail as big as a kite.” Said the little lamb to the shepherd boy, “Do you hear what I hear? Ringing through the sky, shepherd boy, Do you hear what I hear? A song, a song high above the trees With a voice as big as the the sea, With a voice as big as the the sea.” Said the shepherd boy to the mighty king, “Do you know what I know? In your palace warm, mighty king, Do you know what I know? A Child, a Child shivers in the cold, Let us bring him silver and gold, Let us bring him silver and gold.” Said the king to the people everywhere, “Listen to what I say! Pray for peace, people, everywhere, Listen to what I say! The Child, the Child sleeping in the night He will bring us goodness and light, He will bring us goodness and light.”

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advance, even iff it seems a bit early to you. That will leave you with one less thing to worry about as the party approaches. Get bigger cleaning jobs out of the way ahead of time, too. You can then do a last-minute touch up the day of the party. Partially or completely prepare all the dishes at least one or two days before your dinner party. If you can, cook

and freeze fr what you can for reheating just before serving. Many dishes can go in the freezer without losing flavour or consistency. Just remember, the more you do in advance, the more relaxed and in-control you’ll feel as you prepare to greet your guests! And finally, make sure everyone is able to get home safely afterward.

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Ingredients • 1.5 kg / 3 lb cured or smoked pork loin • 75 g / 3 oz / about 18 ready-to-eat prunes, finely chopped • 45 ml / 3 Tbsp apple juice or water • 75 g / 3 oz / 1 1/2 cups day-old gingersnap crumbs • 3 cardamom pods • 15 ml / 1 Tbsp sunflower oil • 1 onion, chopped • 250 ml / 8 fl oz / 1 cup dry red wine • 15 ml / 1 Tbsp soft dark brown sugar • salt and freshly ground black pepper • plus butter-sautéed stoned prunes, apple, and leek slices and steamed green cabbage, to serve Preparation 1. Preheat the oven to 230˚C (450˚F). Put the pork, fat side down, on a board. Make a cut about 3 cm (1 1/4”) deep along the length to within 1 cm (1/2”) of the ends, then make 2 deep cuts to its left and right, to create 2 pockets in the meat. 2. Put the prunes in a bowl. Spoon over the apple juice or water, then add the cookie crumbs. Remove the cardamom seeds from their pods and crush using a mortar and pestle or on a board, with the end of a rolling pin. Add to the bowl with salt and pepper. Mix well. 3. Stuff mixture into the pockets in the meat. 4. Tie the pork loin at regular intervals with string. Heat the oil in a roasting pan set on the stove and brown the roast over a high heat. Remove the meat and set aside. 5. Add the chopped onion to the pan and fry for 10 minutes, until golden. Return the pork to the pan, pour in the wine, and add the sugar and seasoning. 6. Roast for 10 minutes, then reduce the oven temperature to 180˚C (350˚F) and roast, uncovered, for another 1 hour and 50 minutes, or until cooked and golden brown. 7. Remove the roast from the pan and keep warm. Strain the meat juices through a sieve into a pan and simmer for 10 minutes, until slightly reduced. Carve the pork and serve with the sauce separately, accompanied by steamed green cabbage as well as stoned prunes, apple, and leek slices sautéed in butter.

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Get To Know young artists Teresa Mallam arts@pgfreepress.com Every day, art teacher Atieh Reza wants to inspire creativity in her students. Now, when she looks at her colourful 2014 Get To Know calendar on the wall, she will know her wish has come true – because two of her talented young artists, Joanna Huang and Gabi Pettersen – have had their artwork chosen in a nationwide Get To Know Contest. The competition encourages children to get outdoors, to get creative and connect with nature. Joanna’s hummingbird and Gabi’s lion are featured in the new 2014 calendar with artwork, photography and writing by Canadian youth. Huang, a student at Heritage Elementary, travelled toVancouver for the awards ceremony in November. Both Prince George girls received a beautiful prize package of art supplies and certificate – as well as the honour of having their own art in the calendar. Reza, who volunteered as an art instructor at local schools before taking on students in her home, says both winning artists have their own style. “Gabi’s lion is more of an imaginary lion and Joanna’s hummingbird is more realistic. My students get to try out different mediums. Gabi likes working with pencils and sketching while Joanna likes painting with markers.” Joanna first saw her subject in her backyard. “Some of the colours for the hummingbird was [taken] from the one I saw in my backyard and what

Teresa MALLAM/Free Press Joanna Huang, (left) and Gabi Pettersen with art teacher Atieh Reza on Tuesday, show off the 2014 calendars that feature their original artwork. The girls were winners in the national Get To Know contest.

we saw online and some of it was from out of my head,” said Joanna. Gabi, who attends Highglen Montessori school, thinks that she may have been inspired by her Grandpa Glen, an author, who loves to sketch. The girls’ artwork was judged and chosen as finalists from hundreds of entries, notes Reza, so

she’s very proud of their achievement. Her students have classes one hour per week at Reza’s home studio. “Working with them gives me great pleasure,” says Reza. “Every time they come here, they bring joy with them and they want to surprise their families with their artwork.

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Pop-ping in to the hospital Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com A year ago, Shane Dehod was in Vancouver, recovering from a heart transplant.

Tuesday, he was at the University Hospital Northern B.C., passing out bags of popcorn to staff. It was part of Operation Popcorn (or Op Pop), which sees transplant recipients thank the hospital staff who make organ

donations happen. “As a transplant patient from anywhere in the North,” Dehod said, “you have to do it on your own to a large extent. You have to live down in Vancouver for quite a while.”

He said three months is a standard time for needing to stay in Vancouver, and the needs don’t stop there. “For the first while, they want you just a couple of minutes from the hospital, in case there are problems. You have to go in every two weeks to start to have them do a biopsy and see if there are any signs of rejection.” If there are no signs of the body rejecting the donation, the time between biopsies gets longer, “but if you

ever have a problem, it’s right back to square one.” Happily, he has had no problems, and was more than happy to participate in Op Pop. “I only found out about this a while ago, but it’s a great way to recognize the work the people do.” Bags of popcorn were given to staff members in intensive care, operating rooms and the emergency department.

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Rockin’ the airwaves Teresa Mallam arts@pgfreepress.com Garrett Perry is a different kind of spin doctor. He spins records – mostly vinyl – on his Classic Canadian rock show as a volunteer with both community radio stations. His DJ experience has now inspired him to create a record of his favourite artists. “Currently I am putting together a compilation album featuring many local artists and artists I have met in the past,” said Perry. “It will be released on CD in the format of my radio show. So far, I’ve got quite a few bands involved.” The album is expected to be released in late January 2014, and on sale for $10, with 100 per cent of profits going to CFIS and CFUR. The list of artists includes Blind Vinyl, Joe Daniels, Fifteen to Freedom, Rachelle van Zanten, Brad Reddekopp Band, Mathias Rock, Photo submitted Phos, Mike Vigano, Mama Guroove, Garrett Perry (right) recording with Karl Wyssen Tuesday night. Playback, B.C.’s best teen band 2013 manager, pretty much let me run free. I dian Rock, I wanted to only use vinyls The Racket, and Meat Monster. do the show from my living room with – which didn’t last too long seeing as we Perry was born and raised in Kitmy room mate Karl Wyssen.” wanted to play newer music as well as wanga, B.C. He graduated in 2009 and Wyssen is a musician whose last musi- music by local artists. We still play vinyl participated in the Katimavik program cal venture was with Blind Vinyl, who a lot though. In my personal collection, I before moving here. played Kispiox Music Festival in 2010 have over 500 vinyls, mostly classic rock. “I moved to Prince George when the I sleep in a blanket of vinyls – and my mill in Kitwanga shut down. I got a job at and 2011. “They went on a video release tour Mom’s maiden name is Vinyl.” the Tenth Avenue Liquor Store and have with Rachelle van Zanten. I did the There are still a few openings on the been working there ever since.” sound on that tour. Karl is currently new CD, so any artists or bands interHis heart, though, was still with rock looking to put together a new band and ested in being on the CD can e-mail music. When Chilliwack came to Prince interested artists can e-mail him at karlclassiccanadianrock@gmail.com. George, Perry sat beside someone who wyssen@hotmail.ca.” Garrett Perry’s show Classic Canadian told him about CFIS. Perry went to CFUR to volunteer there Rock plays CFUR 88.6 FM Thursdays at “It sparked my imagination,” he said. “I went down to CFIS at Studio 2880 and and eventually he started playing his own 7 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. The show CCR show up there too. plays on CFIS 93.l Thursdays at 10 p.m. pitched an idea for a show called Clas“When I first started Classic Cana- with notes from Garrett Perry sic Canadian Rock and Reg, the station

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Lighting up Candy Cane Lane Teresa Mallam arts@pgfreepress.com Lana Metz and her husband Dan took a leisurely stroll down Wilson Crescent over a decade ago and, even then, it was known affectionately in Prince George as colourful Candy Cane Lane. Now itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s more like memory lane to the couple, who raised their daughter there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We liked the neighbourhood so much, we decided to move there,â&#x20AC;? said Metz, who already had her eye on a house there. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Five months later we were living in our house on Wilson. The realtor didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell us about the Christmas decorating we would be doing but we knew.â&#x20AC;? Dec. 1 was the annual light-up for Candy Cane Lane when overhead strings of brightly coloured lights and outdoor displays are turned on for the first time for the public. From then on, says Metz,

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the neighbourhood can get pretty busy with traffic. This year, so far, there have been fewer cars go by than in previous years. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Maybe itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the [condition of] roads this year, I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been more quiet than in previous years. We had a bus tour go by last night (Wednesday) but not as many cars go by day and night... Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say about one quarter as many as last year.â&#x20AC;? Still, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lots of time in the holiday season to enjoy the sights, she notes, and a trip down Candy Cane Lane is always a treat. For some, the tour has become a Christmas tradition. Metz says thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no pressure to conform to any Christmas theme and most of the residents â&#x20AC;&#x153;do their own thingâ&#x20AC;? when it comes to their creative outdoor displays. Unlike comedy movies like Christmas Santa Clause starring (tool guy) Tim Allen or the 2013 Great Christmas Light Fight competition, or the Extreme

Allan WISHART/Free Press One of the beautiful outdoor light displays on Candy Cane Lane.

Light Display shows, there is no frantic frenzy to try to outdo, outdazzle the neighbours on their lights displays. Mostly itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s just fun. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Every year, we change it

up a bit to make it interesting and we add new displays. We started our outdoor display with a train set. On Christmas Eve we have the fire going in our fire pit and people, perfect

strangers, stop by to party and to celebrate the evening with us â&#x20AC;&#x201C; so itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s always lots of fun.â&#x20AC;? Candy Cane Lane is in the Van Bien School area, just off Ferry Avenue.

CFUW giving local schools a hand with breakfast programs Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com Education is harder on an empty stomach. The Canadian Federation of University Women (CFUW) is an international organization whose goal is to promote education and fair treatment of women and children. Maureen Fotos, the president of the Prince George chapter, says they decided to focus on a local issue. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Poverty is a huge issue for children in B.C.,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a lot of retired teachers in the group, and they knew there were students who were coming to school without having breakfast. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We found out from School District 57 which schools were offering breakfast programs for their students, and used our funds to help some of them out.â&#x20AC;? The primary source of fundraising for the CFUW locally is the sale of fair-trade organic coffee. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This coffee, called Cafe

Community participation eating out and media support especially CKPG, The River and Drive, are greatly appreciated.

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Allan WISHART/Free Press Ron Brent Elementary vice-principal Lisa Horswell, centre, accepts a cheque from Nancy Armstrong, left, and Maureen Fotos of the Canadian Federation of University Women to assist with the schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s breakfast program for students.

Femenino, is produced by women,â&#x20AC;? Fotos said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The women have to prove they own the land the beans is grown on. The beans

are shipped to a company in Salmon Arm, which produces the coffee and ships it to us.â&#x20AC;? Last week, the CFUW donated funds to Ron Brent Elementary and Quinson Elementary. Fotos said the donations will continue. FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 â&#x20AC;&#x153;When we collect FROZEN (3D) .............................................................5:15, 7:50, 10:30 some more funds, we THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE will donate to other .................................................................. 3:40, 7:05,10:15pm schools. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re not just going to donate to one THE HOBBIT: SMAUG (CC) .............. 3:00, 6:40, 10:20pm or two, we want to (3D CC) ..................................................... 3:30, 5:20, 7:10, 9:00, 10:50pm spread it out.â&#x20AC;? The CFUW is preparANCHORMAN 2: THE LEGEND CONTINUES ing to celebrate its 50th ..................................................................... 4:35, 7:30,10:25pm anniversary in Prince George in August, and Complete listing details at Fotos says there is one thing about the name which is actually out of date. 1600 15TH AVE, â&#x20AC;&#x153;You donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t need a PRINCE GEORGE degree to become a FAMOUS PLAYERS 6 250-612-3993 member.â&#x20AC;?

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Datebook www.pgfreepress.com Friday Celebration of Lights, Dec. 20, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Railway and Forestry Museum. Whist, Dec. 27, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. H&H Market, FridaySunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 3955 Hart Highway. Read-to-me Storytime, Fridays, 10-10:45 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-614-0684.

Saturday Celebration of Lights, Dec. 21, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Railway and Forestry Museum. Dog agility trial, Jan. 11, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Agriplex. Fundraiser for SPCA.

Nechako Public Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

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Celebration of Lights, Dec. 22, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Railway and Forestry Museum.

Nechako Public Market, Sundays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., 5100 North Nechako Rd. A Butler’s Market,

“GIVE A LITTLE… GAIN A LOT!” Canadian Cancer Society Slopes for Hope - new event at Powder King on March 15. Many volunteer opportunities: both on snow and off of snow. Visit: www.slopesforhope.ca Email kmedhurst@bc.cancer.ca BC SPCA Seeking regular foster parents for dogs, cats, puppies and kittens. Pets needs are provided, 2-8 weeks duration. Yearround & holiday fosters needed. Call Sarah 250-562-5511 Community Policing Providing free crime prevention programs, services & educational sessions. Contact lparker@city.pg.bc.ca Call Linda 250-561-3319

For information on volunteering with more than 100 non-profit organizations in Prince George, contact Volunteer Prince George

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Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., 1156 Fourth Ave.

Monday Celebration of Lights, Dec. 23, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Railway and Forestry Museum. Canasta, Dec. 23, 7 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. AWANA Children’s Club, registration Jan. 6, 6 p.m., Hartland Baptist Church, 6599 Driftwood Rd. Information: 250-9628641, e-mail itklassen@ hotmail.ca. Tai Chi, Mondays, 1:30 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Cariboo Toastmasters meet Mondays, 7:309:30 p.m., Ramada Hotel, - 444 George St. Information: caribootoastmasters. com or Laura (250) 9613477. Northern Twister Square Dance Club meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Knox United Church basement. Information: Gys 250563-4828 or Reta 250962-2740.

Tuesday Celebration of Lights, Dec. 24, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Railway and Forestry Museum. Bridge, Tuesdays, 1 p.m., Spruce Capital Seniors Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr.

Center City Toastmasters meet Tuesday, noon, City Hall Annex. Information: 9164. toastmastersclubs.org. Prince George Quilters Guild meets fourth Tuesday of the month, Connaught Youth Centre, 1491 17th Ave. Registration 6:30 p.m., meeting 7 p.m. Information: Echo 250-612-0499. Buddhist meditation class, Tuesdays, 7:158:45 p.m., 320 Vancouver St. Information: 250-962-6876 or www. tilopa.org. Spruce Capital Toastmasters meet Tuesdays, 7:25 p.m., 102-1566 7th Ave. Information: Tom 250562-3402. Sweet Adelines

women’s four-part chorus meets Tuesdays, 7:30 p.m., Studio 2880. New members welcome. Information: Kathy 250563-5170.

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Hospital retirees meet, first Tuesday of the month, 9 a.m., Prince George Golf Club. Information 250563-7497 or 250-5632885.

Wednesday P.G. COPD Support Group meets Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., AIMHI gymnasium, 950 Kerry St. Information: www. pgcopdsupportgroup.ca. Bingo, Wednesdays, 1-3 p.m., Spruce Capital Senior Recreation Centre, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Whist, Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Senior Activity Centre, 425 Brunswick St. Hart Toastmasters, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., Hart Pioneer Centre. Information: harttoastmasters.ca CNC Retirees meet fourth Wednesday, 9 a.m., D’Lanos. Information: Lois 250563-6928. Army Cadet Rangers free youth program, meets Wednesdays, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Connaught Youth Centre. Information: Sondra 250-963-9462 or Andrew 250-981-8270.

Thursday Metis Elders Craft group, Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon, Prince George Metis Elders Society office, 117 – 1600 Third Ave. (Prince George Native Friendship Centre). Little Artists, Thursdays, 10:3011:30 a.m., South Fort George Family Resource Centre, 1200 La Salle. Information: 250-6140684. Prince George Grassroots Cribbage Club registration, 6:30 p.m. play 6:45 p.m., Thursdays, 3701 Rainbow Dr. Information: Gerda 250-564-8561. Tai chi, Thursdays, 7-9 p.m., Knox United Church, 1448 Fifth Ave. Information: Lister 250-964-3849 or

With its annual fundraiser, the Prince George Construction Association presented cheques to several local organizations on Monday. Mike Fawcett, chair elect PGCA Board, left; Neil Wilkinson, Salvation Army; Ben Spyker, New Life Centre; Jody Youb, Babies New Beginnings; Steve Findlay, P.G. Hospice House; Rosalind Thorn, president, PGCA; Iain Elder, vice chair elect PGCA Board; Ginny Parsons, Council of Seniors; Sue Wardlaw, St. Vincent de Paul; and Jason Garneau, PGCA director elect. Total funds raised and distributed was $11,100.

Proud to recognize those who give in our community.

A U T O B O D Y LT D . 2065 - 1st Ave. • 250-563-0883 www.csninc.ca listerchen@shaw.ca. DayBreakers Toastmasters meets Thursday, 7-8 a.m., UHNBC Conference Room 1. Information: Heather 250-649-9591. BC Civil Liberties Union meets second Thursday of the month, 6 p.m., 1575 Fifth Ave. Plaza 400 Toastmaster Club meets Thursday, noon, Aleza room, fourth floor, Plaza 400 building, 1011 4th Ave. Information: 6252. toastmastersclubs.org/ or 250-564-5191. Prince George Toastmasters meet Thursdays, 7:15 p.m., AiMHi, 950 Kerry St. Information: pgtoastmasters.com, Joyce 250-964-0961.

Old Time Fiddlers jam, Thursday, 7-10 p.m. Elder Citizens Rec Centre, 1692 10th Ave. ECRA Forever Young Chorus meet Thursdays, 12:45 p.m., ECRA, 1692 10th Ave.

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Allan WISHART/Free Press Brandon Larson of the Atoms 2 Icewolves signs the box of food donations for St. Vincent de Paul the team was collecting at the Spruce Kings game on Sunday. The team also helped clear the ice after the Kings’ first gaol at the Drop the Gloves and Sock it to ‘Em event.

a mutual/self-help support group for parents of teens, meets Mondays, 7:30 p.m., Intersect (basement entrance). Information: Carmen 250-562-6639. Tuesday night Tops (take off pounds

sensibly) 6:15-7:15 p.m. weigh in, 7:308:30 meeting. Everyone welcome. Information: Marvene 250-962-8001 or 250-612-2031. Prince George Healing Rooms - Are

you hurting? Do you have health issues? Confidential prayers Wednesday noon-2 p.m, All Nations Church, 1395 Fifth Ave. Information: 250-6179653.

The Community Datebook provides free community event listings every Friday. Submissions are accepted in written form only – dropped off, mailed or emailed – No Phone Calls please. Datebook runs as space allows, there is no guarantee of publication. Mail to 1773 South Lyon St., Prince George BC V2N 1T3. E-mail datebook@pgfreepress.com


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Santa looking to swap outdated ride for super economy sleigh NORTH POLE - Driveway can exclusively reveal that Santa Claus has been visiting local dealerships kicking tires—ahem, rails—in his search for a new ride. Ever conscious of the increasing cost of gas and effect his multi-million-kilometre Christmas flight has on the environment, Santa seems to have opted for 2014 Ford Transit Connect Wagon for his next sleigh. The wagon promises a fuel economy of 7.84 L/100 kms fuel economy,which means the sleigh will be kinder to the environment than his current means of transporting gifts to the world’s children. As an added benefit, the EcoBoost engine – which is finely tuned for high-speed performance – would offer speeds much faster than Santa ever travelled in his former 36-hoofpowered sleigh. The expected upgrade comes as a record number of children earn spots on the “nice” list, increasing the payload weight of his bag of gifts beyond the normal tow rating of his nine-reindeer team. Santa told me that changing his mode of transportation will not compromise his ability to remain true to his mission. “My goal is and always has been

Let’s be careful out there this joyous season

giving presents to good the nine reindeer look girls and boys, and a new forward to some time sleigh will make that off. Every year, the process more effective,” flying animals travel he says. “Let’s face it, 200,194,557 kms and every year there are more they’d like some time to children who earn presrest, he says, explaining ents. Things are simply there are still splinters getting out of control, embedded in his hoofs and my old sleigh just from a particular wooden My goal is and isn’t going to be able to roof in northern BC. always has been hack it much longer. With “You really can’t beat giving presents to the new sleigh, I will be this new sleigh,” says able to travel faster and good girls and boys, Goddard. “It offers carry more toys.” and a new sleigh will outstanding fuel econFord engineers develomy without sacrificing oped the Transit Connect make that process power. It even offers more effective. Wagon sleigh concept an electric windshield weeks after hearing of defroster, making short Santa Santa’s dilemma during work of icy windshields cold weather testing in in wintry conditions. So, the North Pole. if there’s a foggy Christmas Eve, we “This is a winning situation for all,” won’t need a red-nosed reindeer to says Darren Goddard, chief engineer guide Santa around the world.” for Ford Transit Connect Wagon. “The Some extras appear to have swung increased efficiency means added time Santa in the direction of the Transit for Santa to enjoy milk and cookies at Connect. SYNC with MyFord Touch stops. His new ride will offer 100 cubic offers a touch screen display with feet of cargo space and versatility to navigation so Santa can easily find haul up to 2,000 pounds, which Santa all the good children, even in more will need.” remote areas. Reindeer spokesperson Dasher says The child observation mirror would

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Many Driveway readers will hit the road soon to visit distant friends and loved ones to celebrate Christmas and the New Year. Before you fire up the engine, please ponder the following thoughts because the Driveway crew wants you back home safe and sound at the end of this joyous season! You promised your distant family you would get there in time for dinner if it kills you. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what happens at this time of year: people get

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killed because they undertake horrendously long road trips over strange terrain. Resist the urge to tell your family exactly when you expect to arrive. Tell them to go ahead and eat, you’ll get something along the way. What occurs too often is you end up setting yourself an unrealistic time to get there in your enthusiasm to re-unite with loved ones. You figure out the distance and divide it by the posted speed limit. Forget that; you’ll be lucky if you get near the posted limit in winter

allow him to keep a close eye on his gifts in the second and third row. From its 60/40 three-passenger second-row bench seat through fold-flat second- and third-row seating with third-row independent fore-and-aft sliding capability, the wagon quickly adapts to accommodate multiple combinations of elves and presents. The MyKey programmable ignition key restricts maximum speed should a mischievous elf get behind the wheel while Claus is down a chimney leaving gifts. With eight cupholders, Claus and his elves would have plenty of space to take along a few glasses of milk as they continue through their busy night. Rain-sensing wipers would keep Claus on the move, as there’s always a chance he’ll encounter nasty weather. “As always, we are busy making toys and checking long lists,” says Santa. “That said, Merry Christmas to all!” Of course, Mrs. Claus will have the final say on this purchase because, as any dealership owner will tell you, women make the final decision in 80 per cent of new vehicle purchases. Keep your eyes peeled Tuesday night to see if Santa got his Christmas wish.

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conditions. How do you figure how long it’s going to take to get to Aunt Maud’s this year? – Recall how long it took last June then add about 15 minutes for every hour to allow for inclement weather. In addition, if really bad weather is forecast you don’t add anything you just postpone the trip for 24 hours or longer. Also, if your most optimistic travel time estimate tops three hours don’t head out after work but wait until daybreak the next day. It’s not ideal out there at this time of year and you don’t want to travel

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of their vehicle and surroundings and are very capable of handling the higher speeds. DriveSmart: Maybe the new limit should be displayed on new variable signs so that it can be adjusted downward in darkness and poor driving conditions. 28speedster: Here we are in the 21st century driving at the same or lower speed limits than we did with cars in the 1950s with bias ply tires on two-lane highways. New cars, tires, roads are engineered for much higher speeds. A higher speed limit will require drivers to pay attention to their driving. Mark: Being from Germany and having driven faster and safely on the Autobahn, I say it’s about time. When I took my driver’s test, part of the test was on the Autobahn and you had to go 130km/h (weather and local speed limit permitting) NOT to get points against you. Against an increase: Dwsolber: Some drivers have trouble driving safely at current posted speeds. Increasing the speed limits will only increase risk to all road users. Dick: Do not increase speed, what the heck is the hurry? (99 out of 100 already go way faster than the posted speed. Make your ride safe and enjoy the scenery. Leah99: Wildlife (and do-

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Cougars take title basic skills. “You can really see a difference with players who have been through the Steve Nash program, and I’d like to see something like that in the schools.” Two Cougars made the tournament All-Star team, Brook Nicholson and Emily Fuller, and Werrell also noted the strong contributions all weekend of Grace Campbell. The Cougars are off now for the holidays, and start up again with their own tournament on Jan. 10 and 11.

Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress. com They weren’t even supposed to be there, but the College Heights Cougars ended up winning a junior girls basketball tournament at Duchess Park on the weekend. “We were supposed to be in Kelowna on the weekend,” coach Troy Werrell said after the Cougars downed the host Condors 51-36 in the final. “With the road conditions the way they were, we had to decide not to go. “It hurt, because the girls were looking forward to it and it was one I had been looking at six months ago.” He said the road conditions also made it possible for them to get into the Duchess Park tournament. “I put a plea in to Louise (Holmes) to get in. She’d had a couple of teams drop out, so there was a spot open. “I have to give her top marks. She had to change the schedule three times in about three hours, but it worked.” The Cougars played, he felt, their best game of the weekend in the final. “The area is kind of lopsided this year, I think. There’s us and Duchess and Nechako Valley from Vanderhoof all about the same

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level, and then there’s the others. “It’s just the way it goes. It runs in cycles.” With just four returning players, it may

be a surprise to see College Heights on that top level, but Werrell says there is one key factor. “The girls I have coming up have decent

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Making a list, checking it twice Tis the time of year to be jolly! Santa will be arriving in just five more sleeps. Yippee! Let the festive season begin! St. Nick sure knows how to keep a secret and won’t divulge information to anyone, even to his reindeer about the gifts he has spent the past 365 days putting together. So, one is left to speculate what will be left under the tree for the following individuals:

• Rob Ford (Toronto Mayor): “Crackerjack” Box. What better way to enjoy his next home movie. • Don Cherry (Hockey expert?): “Big Screen TV.” One that comes with all the “Rogers” channels, just in case he needs it next year on Saturday nights. • Brian Burke (Calgary Flames hockey boss): “An axe.” He said “Merry Christmas” by using one on former Flames GM Jay Feaster, but

somehow one gets the feeling he is not done. By the way, it always seems he has an axe to grind anyway. • Jason Labarbera (Chicago Blackhawks/Rockford Icedogs goalie): “A suitcase.” The 33 year old from Prince George knows many of the airlines staff on a first-name basis since he is with his sixth NHL team. • Mark Holick (PG Cougars coach): “A Calculator”: I’m sure he and his team can

count higher than one but for some reason they seem to have trouble winning back to back games. • Mike Hawes (PG Spruce Kings General Manager): “A radio.” Come to think of it, he will only need it once a month. • Trevor Sprague (Cariboo Cougars GM): “A Ladder.” For his sanity, a 25-foot multi task one is preferable as he needs to escape the lower middle of the pack and

start “climbing” the standings. • Shari Green (Prince George Mayor): “Graders”. Snowplows she can share with the residents that live on many of the forgotten P.G. side streets. • Dwight Howard (Houston Rockets): “An autographed picture of Kobe Bryant.” This will allow him the remember the “good” times they had together in Los Angeles.

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• Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners second baseman): “A wallet.” He has 240 million reasons to have a fat one. • Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos QB): “Winter Gloves.” He insists he can play just as well in the cold weather but just in case he can expect extra insulation to keep his pinkies toasty warm. • Jason Garrett (Dallas Cowboys Coach): “Stopwatch.” He obviously needs help with clock management in the fourth quarter. • Josh Freeman (Minnesota Vikings QB): “A clipboard.” Make it a shiny one. How the mighty can fall going from the Tampa starter last year to the Vikings third string this year. • Cory Sheets (Grey Cup MVP) “Coupon Book:” The Saskatchewan Roughriders ace running back needs to be aware of all the deals to supplement his CFL $62,000 annual salary. • Bob Pegues (Inner City boxing coach/ fighter): “Metamucil.” Will certainly come in handy when he fights as a 60-year-old in the spring. On behalf of my wife Brenda, son Lucas, daughter Lexine and son-in-law Anthony, I would like to extend my best wishes and happy holidays to my co-workers, contacts, acquaintances, twitter followers, readers and of course, friends and family. Regardless of beliefs and convictions, let us not take anything for granted and cherish the moment of the Christmas season.

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Cougars head to break Team wins two of three on last road trip fell 6-3 to Spokane before downing Vancouver. “I thought we were very good on Friday,” Holick said. “We played a good solid game.” Three games in three days on Todd Fiddler led the attack for the road is tough enough for a the Cougars with hockey club. two goals and an When you’re assist. the Prince George As well as the team Cougars, and those played Friday, Holick three games are the said they were misslast ones before the ing that on Saturday Christmas break, in Spokane. it could be even “It was all on us,” tougher. he said. “We got “The guys stuck down 4-0 after the with it,” head coach first period, and you Mark Holick said afcan’t do that in this ter the team wrapped HEAD COACH MARK HOLICK league. We got three up the weekend trip of those back in the second, but with a 3-1 win in Vancouver. that was it.” “Sometimes they’ve got one foot Sunday, he had reason to wonon the plane, ready to go home for der what state of mind and body the holidays.” his team would be in as they faced The Cougars started the trip the Giants. with a 5-1 win in Tri-City, then

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“We didn’t get to Vancouver until about 6:30 a.m. Sunday, and we had to play at 5 p.m., so it didn’t give us much time. We were running on fumes for a while. “The guys responded really well.” After spotting the Giants a 1-0 lead after the first period, Jordan Tkatch and Zach Pochiro scored in the second, and Klarc Wilson added an empty-net goal with one second lft. Ty Edmonds continued to carry the load in goal with Brent Zarowny still injured. “Ty’s got the experience now,” Holick said. “We’ll ride him as far as he’ll go.” One place Edmonds will be going, but without his teammates, is to Calgary on Jan. 15 for the annual CHL Top Prospects game. Edmonds will play on Team Cherry as one of 13 players from the Western Hockey League.

Cariboo Cougars return to home ice delayed Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com For the Cariboo Cougars, the road trip lasted a bit longer than expected. Because of the labour dispute involving city employees, the Cougars played Saturday’s BC Major Midget Hockey League game against the Greater Vancouver Canadians in Fort St. James, before playing at CN Centre for the first time in eight games on Sunday. The first game back in familiar surroundings didn’t feel like home, as the Canadians thumped the Cougars 10-2 to get a split of the weekend series. The Cougars won the opener in Fort St. James 3-2. “Saturday, we played well most of the game,” said Cougars coach Bryan MacLean. “We were up 2-0 and they tied it up, but we stuck with it and Jesse Roach finished nicely on a three-on-one break for the winner.” The goal was Roach’s second of the game, with Colton Thomas also scoring. Jeremy Matte got the win in goal, making some key saves to keep the score tied at 2-2. As for Sunday, “we weren’t ready to play,” MacLean said. “You can’t spot a team that many goals in this league and expect to come back.” The Canadians scored three times in the first eight minutes, and never looked back. Isaiah Berra scored for the Cougars in the first period to narrow the deficit to 3-1, but the Canadians scored again later in the period, then added four more goals in the first seven minutes of the second period.

Kyle Comin had the Cougars’ other goal. Now, it’s back on the road for the Cougars, and a crucial matchup with the Fraser Valley Thunderbirds. “This is a huge matchup for us this weekend,” MacLean said. “The Thunderbirds are one point behind us in the standings, so this will be like playoff hockey. We still have to learn to be ready to play every game. This is a chance to get some separation in the standings.” The next home game for the Cougars is Jan. 11 when they host Vancouver North East Chiefs.

ALUMNI GAME Kamloops Blazers defenceman Josh Connolly will be on the ice at CN Centre on Dec. 23 as the Cariboo Cougars renew an annual holiday tradition. Connolly will be among the nearly two dozen graduates of the Cougars program to return for the alumni game. “It’s fun going back, playing with some of the guys you played with, playing with the new guys,” Connolly said. “I enjoyed it last year and it should be fun this year as well.” Connolly has fond memories of the time he spent playing for his hometown team in the BC Major Midget League. He said his time with the Cougars helped him prepare to take the next step in his hockey career. Other Cariboo Cougars’ alumni scheduled to play in the game include Tyson and Chase Witala, Ryan Howse, Jake LeBrun, Chase Astorino and James Morrison. Game time is 7 p.m. on Dec. 23 at the CN Centre.

“He deserves to be in the game,” Holick said of the rookie goalie. “He got off to the hot start for us, then had a bit of a bumpy ride, but he had a really strong road trip this weekend.” The Cougars come back from the Christmas break with games Dec. 27 and 28 in Victoria and Dec. 30 in Vancouver. Their next home games are Jan. 3 and 4 when they host Kamloops.

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Kings sweep Chiefs Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com Prince George Spruce Kings coach Dave Dupas summed it up simply. “It was a strange weekend.” The Kings were scheduled to play a home doubleheader on Saturday and Sunday against the Chilliwack Chiefs. The labour dispute with city employees caused the teams to cancel the games late last week, then, when the unions announced they would hold a one-day strike, the games were rescheduled for Sunday and Monday. The changes didn’t seem to bother the Spruce Kings though, as they swept the Chiefs by 4-1 and 8-5 scores. “We’ll take the four points,” Dupas said, “and get back on the road.” Sunday’s opener saw the Kings jump out to a quick 3-0 lead, which could have been more. “We could have had six or seven,” Dupas said. “Their goalie (Spencer Tremblay) made some great saves.” After a scoreless second period, the Kings carried their 3-0 lead into the final four minutes, but after some rough stuff, they ended up short-

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handed for five minutes. The Chiefs scored once, but Justin Rai scored his second of the game into an empty net to seal the deal. Monday’s game was a totally different affair, according to Dupas. “Everything went in. You

just knew it was going to continue, and there was nothing you could do.” Bryant Christian had two goals and two assists for the Kings, while Rai added a goal and three assists. The Kings were in Surrey last night (Thursday) and play

Jones joins Knezevic as local rinks at Scotties Prince George fans will have two local rinks to cheer for when the Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championships are held at the Prince George Golf and Curling Club in early January. The Tracey Jones rink, including third Falon Burkitt, second Kay Thompson, lead Melinda Kotsch and coach Doug Dalziel, overcame a first-draw loss in Maple Ridge on the weekend to qualify for one of the two remaining berths at the provincials. She joins last year’s runners-up, the Patti Knezevic, rink, as local favourites at the Jan. 6 to 12 event. Jones dropped her opening match on Saturday 5-4 to Leanne Andrews (Royal

City) when Andrews scored a single point in the 10th end. She rebounded later that day with a 5-3 win over Heather Tyre (Kelowna). Tyre had a 3-2 lead after eight ends, but Jones scored two in the ninth and stole one in the 10th for the win. Jones’ first draw Sunday was a back-and-forth affair with Lynne Noble (Qualicum). Jones appeared to be in control after she stole two in the fourth for a 6-1 lead, but Noble got those two back in the fifth, came up a point in the sixth and scored two more in the seventh to make the score 7-5. The teams swapped deuces in the next two ends, leaving Jones up 9-7 with the hammer

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coming home. She counted a single to make the final score 10-7. That win put her through to the B qualifying game, where she again met Andrews. After a blank first end, Andrews scored two in the second, but Jones got those right back in the third, then stole three in the fourth for a 5-2 lead. Andrews scored one in the fifth, but Jones counted another big three in the sixth for an 8-3 lead. Andrews scored two in the seventh, but Jones tallied one in the eighth, stole one in the ninth, and ran Andrews out of rocks in the 10th for a 10-5 win and a berth in the Scotties. The Karla Thompson team from Kamloops took the A qualifier to compete the 10-team field. Knezevic and her rink of third Jen Rusnell, second Kristen Fewster, lead Rhonda Camozzi and coach Rick Fewster were one of the two teams to qualify through the Canadian Team Ranking System. Other teams which will be competing in Prince George at the Scotties are Team MacInnes from Abbotsford; Teams Wark, Van Osch and Jensen from Victoria; Team Gibson from Vancouver; Team Mallett from Cloverdale; and the defending champion, Kelly Scott.


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Allan WISHART/Free Press Tim Roots checks the chamber of his rifle as he fires the first five official rounds at the new Otway Biathlon Range on Saturday morning.

First shots fired at new range Allan Wishart allanw@pgfreepress.com Tim Roots faced the challenge, and met it. At the Otway Biathlon Range on Saturday morning, Roots was introduced by 2015 Canada Winter Games biathlon sports leader Pierre Beaudry as one of the driving forces behind the new range. “We had been planning for about 10 years to move the range to this area,” Beaudry told a good-sized crowd. “When we got the Games about three years ago, Tim started to go to work. I think he was involved in almost every aspect of the work.” For his efforts, Roots was give the honour of firing off the first five shots at the new range, which is located near the main lodge by Otway Road. As he stood behind the firing range, Roots warned people not to expect anything special. “It’s been probably a couple of years since I actually fired one of these rifles.” Before he took his position, the call went up, “Range is open,” as the green flags at either end were replaced with red ones for the first time officially. Roots lay down on the shooting

mat, then remembered it was easier to take the rifle off his back before he lay down. After getting the rifle off, he received more help from the crowd in terms of how to make sure it was set for firing. Then he was ready. He settled into the prone position, eye glued to the scope as he sighted in on the five targets at the far end. He squeezed the Allan WISHART/Free Press trigger. Volunteers were out in force at the Otway Biathlon Range on Saturday morning, making sure everything was A clang, as the first ready for the first day of use. target’s cover flipped up, indicating a clean some skiers enjoyed the new snow the targets,” Beaudry said, giving of shooting, one each prone and hit. on the trails, volunteers were still a demonstration. “There are two standing. A full race is five laps of A cheer went up from the hard at work, getting the final forms of shooting, standing and skiing, with four rounds of shootcrowd. pieces of the range puzzle in place. prone. Because prone is considing, two each prone and standing. He fired again. Another clang, “We have 30 shooting stalls,” ered to be an easier position to The Otway test events for the another cheer. Beaudry said, “which is what you shoot from, the shooter has a 2015 Canada Winter Games are The first official shooting round need for events like the Olympics. smaller target to aim at.” set for early next year, with the at the new Otway Biathlon Range I think we’re only the fourth site in A hit on the black portion of the Western Biathlon Championships was a perfect one, as Roots hit all Canada to have the full 30.” target is rewarded by the sight of a at the beginning of February and five targets. At the end of the range closest white cover popping up to cover it. the Western Canadian cross-counHe stood to applause from the to Otway Road, from which is “For each target they miss,” Betry skiing a couple of weeks later. crowd, and the green flags went shielded by a huge earthen berm, audry explained, “they have to ski Organizers anticipate about 500 back up at either end, indicating there are sets of five metal targets, a 100-metre penalty loop before skiers for the second event, which the range was once again closed to with a cord running back up to the going back on the course.” would be more than there would shooting. shooting area. In a sprint race, skiers do three be for the Games, making it an Earlier that morning, while “The scorer uses this cord to set laps of the course, with two rounds excellent test of the facilities.


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